It is vital to have a hormonal balance to ensure that our body is functioning at its maximum capacity. Hormonal imbalance causes many unwanted issues in our bodies. To keep their body running harmoniously, one needs to achieve this balance.
Low testosterone causes numerous problems in both men and women. Men with low testosterone suffer from many undesirable complications. Normal testosterone declines with age and this leads to many physical and emotional problems.
A study conducted in the US showed that one in four men over the age of 30 has low testosterone levels. Even if they do not suffer from symptoms early on, problems arise with age. Hormone therapy can help men with low testosterone levels to achieve hormonal balance.
Low testosterone or testosterone deficiency(TD) leads to various health conditions. The symptoms may include:
Men with testosterone deficiency facing several health conditions may need hormone therapy. Those suffering from hypogonadism will need testosterone replacement therapy.
There are a few ways to receive these therapies such as skin gels, creams, patches, injections, etc. Testosterone pellets are another way of receiving testosterone therapy. These pellets contain crystalized testosterone. They are about the size of a grain of rice, which is put in as implants.
Testosterone pellets are implanted inside the skin through a simple invasive procedure. The whole procedure takes about ten to fifteen minutes. They are usually placed under the skin of the upper part of the hip area.
The testosterone inside the pellet is released in low doses. Pellets provide a long term solution, with each lasting up to six months.
Implants are required every three to four months. This is great for older individuals who might find it difficult to maintain a steady dosage.
The quantity of pellets you will need depends on your required dosage of the testosterone. Your doctor will determine your testosterone dosage after you take the Serum Testosterone blood test.
As mentioned before, testosterone pellets are convenient when people can not maintain self-administration. It is suitable for forgetful individuals and people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc. Also convenient for people who are busy and do not have time for self-administering dosage.
Using patches, creams and gels daily is a hassle. With Testosterone pellets, you only need to get the implant every few months. Better for overall time management.
With creams and gels, you might mistakenly overdose. It can be very dangerous to get an overdose of testosterone as it can break into estradiol, which is a kind of estrogen. With pellets, you receive a steady, low dose of testosterone.
Sometimes creams and gels can cause skin irritation. Some people might even be allergic to such products.
People with children might want to avoid using creams and gels, as it can put the testosterone easily within their reach. Any accident relating to these topically applied therapies can be hazardous.
A person using testosterone pellets will not need any medication. People who do not like injections or taking pills would prefer this hassle-free method. In many ways, this releases the testosterone more naturally and in proper dosage than other forms of therapy.
Receiving a slow, steady dosage of testosterone through pellets helps the body receive a balanced level of the hormone. Because of the same level of dosage, the body accepts it normally, like natural production. This also helps the body receive the testosterone it needs to improve and grow lean body mass.
Testosterone pellets are debatably the best for hormone replacement therapy. Other forms of therapy are often inconvenient and require a lot of time and caution.
Going to the doctors every two to four weeks for shots can be a nuisance. Some people have a needle phobia, hence pellets are a better option for them. Taking pills, applying creams or gels, using patches, etc, all require daily attention.
With pellets, you only have to go to the doctors every four to six months and go through a fast and easy procedure that does not require stitches.
Some people are irked by the thought of implants. Since pellet implants might seem like an extreme method of receiving therapy, people can try out the other methods beforehand.
The testosterone therapy cream may or may not irritate your skin. Try out a patch test using the cream to see if there is any bad reaction.
Using a patch is also another safe way of self-administering testosterone therapy. Do not apply patches on the same area back to back. Find another clean, dry, even, and undamaged area.
Caution needs to be practiced in every therapy method, as side effects may include:
Low testosterone level occurs naturally with age. Some people might have low testosterone in their youth. Testosterone replacement therapy is unavoidable when the hormone level is not increasing naturally.
Testosterone Pellets are a hassle-free way of receiving testosterone replacement therapy. You get a small, daily dosage of testosterone with pellet implants.
Other methods need more time and caution, whereas once you get your implant you do not have to bother with therapy for a few months.
It provides a deficiency solution for a longer period. With testosterone pellets, one can live a hormonally balanced life and avoid the challenges you face due to a lack of hormones.
Dr. Anand Thakkar is a licensed Internal Medicine physician. He is Board Certified in Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine. He has been a member of the teaching faculty for students at Chicago Medical School and has been featured on ABC, FOX, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, and Forbes as a recognized authority in wellness, fitness & nutrition, weight loss, anti-aging, hormones & metabolic medicine, holistic medicine, lifestyle coaching and women’s & men’s health.
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